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Kitchen Handle: Adapter

Moen produces a variety of Single Handle faucets. The interior components and assembly are not the same for each model. This article will explain one of the most common handle assemblies referred to as an Adapter. This mechanism was introduced in 1996 and was used on a select group of products through 2009. The characteristics of the mechanism include a handle rotation range of 180 degrees and a flat cap on the top or red and blue round plug button. This faucet style utilizes a 1225 cartridge.

 Preparation: 

  • The water supply shut off valves must be turned off- see article How to Turn Off the Water Supply to the Faucet.
  • Recommended Tools: 7/64" Hex Wrench, Phillips Screwdriver, Adjustable Pliers/Wrench

    The instructions in this guide are for removing a handle and parts of a faucet with an Adapter style mechanism (kits 93980,100429 and 100440). To identify the handle mechanism in your faucet see Single Handle Standard Spout Kitchen

Faucet Category

  • Standard Spout
  • Top Mount Handle with Pullout Sprayer
  • Separate Handle

  Flat Cap Style     

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  Plug Button Style

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Disassembly

The faucet will have either a flat cap with the Moen logo on the top or a round red/blue plastic plug button cover.-  

If you have a Flat Cap Style:

1. Carefully pry off the handle cap and the temperature indicator(#1).

2. Using a 7/64" Hex wrench, unthread the handle screw (#2) counter-clockwise. The handle screw needs to be removed completely.The handle will lift off the faucet.

4. The plastic finished dome (#4) pulls up to remove.

To replace the cartridge see article 1225 Cartridge: Kitchen Faucet.

If you have a Plug Button Style:

1. Carefully pull out the plug button(#1A)

2. Using a 7/64" Hex wrench, unthread the handle screw (#1B)counter-clockwise. The handle screw (#1B) needs to be removed completely.

3. The handle will lift off the faucet(#1C)

4. The plastic finished dome (#4) pulls up to remove.

5. By rotating counter-clockwise, remove the black plastic pivot retainer (#6).

6. Using a Phillips screwdriver, unthread the cartridge screw (#5) counter-clockwise.

7. The metal adapter (#7) and black plastic connector (#8) will lift off together (unless one of them is broken).

8. The white or gray plastic pivot stop (#9) will lift off. (Note: Use the same color pivot stop in the replacement kit that you removed from the faucet.)

9. Using  pliers or channel locks, unthread the plastic retainer nut (#10) counter-clockwise to remove. Be careful not to apply too much pressure and damage the exterior threads. If the threads are damaged, the part will need to be replaced.

To replace the cartridge see article 1225 Cartridge: Kitchen Faucet.

Assembly

 

1. Tuck the washer (#11 into the bottom of the plastic retainer nut (#10). Using pliers, thread the plastic retainer nut (#10) clockwise to tighten being careful not to damage or cross-thread it. The plastic retainer nut (#10) could be black or cream colored.

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2. Install the white or gray plastic pivot stop (#9) with the raised edge (A) on top facing the front of the faucet. 

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3. Snap the black plastic connector (#8) over the horizontal bar at the bottom of the metal adapter (#7) making sure that the smaller hole (A) on the black plastic connector (#8) faces up and the larger hole (B) faces down (see Figure 3).

  • Place the adapter/connector down on top of the stem of the cartridge so the tall side of the metal adapter (#7) sits at the front of the faucet.

Figure 3

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4. Using a Phillips screwdriver, thread the cartridge screw (#5) into the stem of the cartridge .The screw will have Loctite, you may feel some resistance when threading the screw into the stem of the cartridge, we recommend tightening fully to avoid the handle dropping back down while in the on position.

5. Thread the black plastic pivot retainer (#6) clockwise to tighten it. Be careful not to damage or cross thread. If there is any resistance, stop and confirm that is is being installed straight.

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6. Align the notches in the plastic finished dome (#4) with the tabs on the black plastic pivot retainer (#6) and push the dome down to secure.

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If you have a Flat Cap Style:

7. Place the handle on top of the adapter (#7). If the adapter (#7) is facing forward, the handle  will fit on top of it.

8. Using a 7/64" Hex wrench, thread the handle screw clockwise through the top of the handle.  Snap the temperature indicator and handle cap (#1) into the handle

If you have a Plug Button Style:

7. The adapter (#7) needs to face forward for the handle to fit on top of it. Tilt the adapter (#7) back and place the handle on top of it. Tilting the adapter (#7) back will allow access to thread the handle screw (#1b) in.

8. Using a 7/64" Hex wrench, thread the handle screw clockwise through the top of the handle.If you are having difficulties threading the handle screw  in, tilt the adapter (#7) back and try again. Push the plug button into the hole on the front of the handle.

For additional information on Moen products visit solutions.moen.com and select the type of product you are repairing. The guide will contain repair details, troubleshooting and specific information on assembling handles associated with that style of product.    


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